- NEW YORK – The draw for the second CONCACAF Champions League will be conducted June 11 at the confederation’s New York headquarters, setting the Preliminary Round pairings and which teams will face off in the Group Stage of the 24-club
Sixteen teams will be drawn into eight two-leg series for the Preliminary Round that will be staged July 28-30 and August 4-6. The winners will then join the eight seeded teams and will be drawn into four, four team groups.
The six-round Group Phase will begin August 18 and conclude the week of October 20-22.
Two teams from each group will advance to the Championship Round, beginning with the two-leg quarterfinals in March. A separate draw to establish the pairings for the quarterfinals and the path to the final will be conducted in early 2010.
Atlante won the inaugural Champions League on May 12, completing a 2-0 aggregate victory over
Mexican rival Cruz Azul. The Potros de Hierro (Iron Colts) will represent CONCACAF at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi in December.
A video will be available at the confederation’s Web site, CONCACAF.com, following the draw.